New radar regulations

Coast Guard Authorization Act signed by President on Dec 4th. So, what’s in in it for me? Two items of interest (And a few hundred others if you care to read them)
1. Certificate of Documentation for a recreational vessel can be renewed for a period of up to 5 years! That’s the good news; the bad news – they’ll still charge you the annual fee ($25) for each year up front. Bummer 🙁
2. RADAR Renewal/Refresher course not required for mariners with sea time on vessels equipped with and using it on a regular basis. Good news for mariners; bad news for all the maritime schools that spent lots of time and money getting courses approved. Likewise for all the tech firms that created the software.